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Vox Constellation V274

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fenderx55, Nov 23, 2005.


  1. fenderx55

    fenderx55

    Jan 15, 2005
    NYC/Queens
    Ok, today I fell a$$ backwards into this bass. My best friend's mom's friend bequeath something like 12 guitars and basses over the summer and today she gave me a Vox Constellation. Or I'm pretty sure that's what it is. It's the first one from the right on the first row, but it doesn't have the Gtuner. does anyone have any info on this bad boy? The top has a few cracks in the finish due to being left in a garage on Long Beach for probably 20 years and the fingerboard has a crack going through the middle from the 17th-22nd fret. It'll be mostly to just mess around with cause the spacing is exactly the same as my Tele (guitar). I just want to find out somethign about it.
     
  2. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Toronto
    You might have a V284 Vox Stinger . It's identical to the Constellation except that it doesn't have the built-in onboard effects.

    If the bass is a Teardrop and has on board effects it's a Constellation. If not, it's a Stinger.

    Finish checking is common to these instruments. They have a nitrocellulous lacquer finish on them which will "check" or crack over time as it shrinks.

    Your bass would have been made in either 1967 or 68. And it should have a pencil thin neck with a "boat paddle" for a headstock with the word "VOX" in raised gold metal on it.

    Cheers,

    TD
    :cool:

    PS - I own a Constellation IV. It's a 1967 finished in Sunburst. I'd love to get a Cherry finished one.
     
  3. fenderx55

    fenderx55

    Jan 15, 2005
    NYC/Queens
    holy crap lol. You've just described this bass to a t. In cherry. I can't get over how thin this neck is.
     
  4. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Toronto
    So is it a Stinger or a Constellation?

    Are you interested in letting it go? I'd be interested.

    TD
     
  5. fenderx55

    fenderx55

    Jan 15, 2005
    NYC/Queens
    it's the stinger, but idk if i can let it go, it has sentimental value to my friend, pm me though.
     
  6. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Toronto
    Here is a picture of (my) Constellation IV. You can see the built-in effects located on the lower side of the body. You can also clearly see the pencil-thin neck and paddle sized headstock which creates a visious version of neck dive.

    [​IMG]

    TD
    :cool:
     
  7. fenderx55

    fenderx55

    Jan 15, 2005
    NYC/Queens
    here's a few pics
     
  8. fenderx55

    fenderx55

    Jan 15, 2005
    NYC/Queens
    the crack in the fretboard and the back
     
  9. fenderx55

    fenderx55

    Jan 15, 2005
    NYC/Queens
    back of the headstock
     
  10. Oxblood

    Oxblood Banned

    Apr 17, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    I'm sorry but the look of those basses are disgusting... and I thought Violin basses were gross looking all these times.
     
  11. fenderx55

    fenderx55

    Jan 15, 2005
    NYC/Queens
    I'm glad you had that gunshot to rid you of your trepidation. I think they're cool looking, just a little uncomfortable to play. ... to be fifteen again.
     
  12. totigraf

    totigraf

    Nov 19, 2008
    Hi,
    I am from Argentina, and my father has the same model that Thornton is showing, and off course in the same conditions and the same box for protection.
    There are only two basses like this in Argentina, we don´'t know about the other.
    This bass is being in my family from new, since starting 70's
    In the farm there is one ampliffier Vox too, with tires, very old
    I hope the bass stay with us forever
     
  13. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    Gorgeous! I have a 68 Vox Sidewinder myself. The necks are amazingly narrow
     
  14. totigraf

    totigraf

    Nov 19, 2008
    should be a club of vox fans in each country
    The bass still sounding excellent, afourtunately we have all the pieces in perfect conditions, should be difficult to find if something is distroyed, specially in my country
     
  15. stflbn

    stflbn

    May 10, 2007
    Nashville
    3 year old zombie thread... rox!
     
  16. I love these basses, both the way they look and the way they feel. Never played one plugged in though....